1. Why ballroom dancing?
Ballroom provides the chance connect with your mind, body and soul. Your mind is learning a new skill that allows your brain to work in a way by learning new patterns that it's not used to. Ballroom also requires physical exertion so you are challenging your mind in addition to burning calories while building a strong core and increasing flexibility. Ballroom dancing releases a rush of endorphins allowing you to feel great while you move by yourself or with a partner.
2. I just want to learn the basics, how long will it take?
Every dance has a set of basics regardless of the style. With consistency, it takes 12 weeks to see a transformation. In order to maintain and continuously grow, dance should be done on a regular basis. I recommend taking at least two private lessons a week plus practicing on your own to ensure growth.
3. Do I need a partner?
No, you do not need a partner. One of the most important things in dance is learning how to move and connect with your own body regardless of gender. It is important for everyone to be responsible for their own connection to create quality movement.
4. I want to learn one specific dance style.
You want to make sure you don't limit yourself to just one style of dance. For example, if you want to learn Country 2-Step, it would be just as important to know how to Waltz and East Coast Swing. The reason being is different dances offer different things that can be beneficial in Country 2-Step. There could be a country song with an East Coast Swing or Waltz beat just as easily as there could be a Country 2-Step Tempo. I can help you differentiate the two.
5. Men say they can't dance and have no rhythm, is this true?
What men fear is the presentation of dance and these are just a few of the excuses. Many men are afraid that they will look silly but what's important is to learn how to present your energy. Previously, male clients who come in with zero dance experience tend to find and view partner dancing as an exciting challenge. Knowing how to present yourself and leading go hand in hand.
6. Should I take private or group lessons?
I recommend both regardless of your level. Private lessons give you one-on-one advantages that group classes do not. Those who take private lessons grow at a much quicker rate than those who only take group. However, group classes are beneficial for learning how to dance lead and follow roles with other dancers.
7. Do I need shoes?
Shoes with a leather sole are highly recommended. The worst type of shoes to wear, especially when learning are open toed shoes, boots, and shoes with grip. These can hinder accurate techniques and foot placement which are very important when learning how to dance.
8. Should I have a glass of wine or alcohol to loosen up before class?!
While we all love our wine, it is preferred to save the drinks for after class. When you are learning something new, you want to make sure that you are fully present and alcohol tends to slow down our ability to retain information. After class, go for it!
9. Why ballroom dancing?
Ballroom provides the chance to connect with your mind, body and soul. Your mind is learning a new skill that allows your brain to work in a way by learning patterns that it's not used to. Ballroom also requires physical exertion so you are challenging your mind in addition to burning calories while building a strong core and increasing flexibility. Ballroom dance releases a rush of endorphins allowing you to feel great while you move!
10. What is the end goal?
The end goal can be many things but the important thing is to have one. For example, you may want to win a world or national title, be proficient in all dance styles, learn both lead and follow parts, perform at a showcase or become an amazing social dancer. As an instructor, I can assist you towards setting your goals and also help you achieve them!